Outliers knows the trend toward better hospital food is serious when the CIA gets involved. No, not that one. The Culinary Institute of America.
The well-known school for chefs north of New York City is offering a first-of-its-kind course on cooking for healthcare patients.
Students in the elective class are taking field trips to nearby Vassar Bros. Medical Center in Poughkeepsie and to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The idea is to learn firsthand the nuances of tray lines, the challenges of serving people with severe dietary restrictions and what goes into creating higher-end hospital food.
“I want to break this image. I want to embarrass people when they say, ‘Hospital food? Their food is awful,' ” says Lynne Eddy, who is teaching Food Service Management in Health Care. “Let me show you what good food is in a healthcare facility.”